Trojan boys hoops team opens with two wins

The Trojan boys basketball team won its first two games of the season, defeating Jordan and Le Sueur-Henderson in a pair of non-conference games last week.

Trojans 55, Hubmen 37

New Prague opened its season with an impressive showing, defeating Jordan 55-37 at Jordan.

New Prague played outstanding defense in the first half, allowing just four field goals, two three-pointers and two two-pointers, as New Prague jumped to a 25-10 lead at halftime. Jordan got things rolling a little more on offense the second half, but they were in too big of a hole and couldn't catch up to the Trojans.

New Prague was strong on the inside, forcing the Hubmen to shoot from outside the three-point arch. They made just three two-point baskets in the entire game, but hit seven three-pointers.

The Trojans were led by junior Adam Gill, who collected 14 points. Tom Giesen added 12 and Mike Hafermann 10.

New Prague 12 12 12 19 — 55

Jordan 5 5 13 14 — 37

Nov. 30, at Jordan

New Prague (55) Hafermann 14, O’Neill 6, Giesen 12, Kubes 5, Gill 14, Haeg 0, M. Hoemke 2, Tisdel 2, Sirek 0, Gravon 0

Jordan (37) Beckman 14, Kalal 4, Green 8, Oakes 9, Krueger 0, Heitkamp 0, Trapp 0, Buesgens 2, Lammers 0, Olsen 0, Anhalt 0

Fouls: NP 14, Jor 13; Fouled out: none; Three point goals: NP 1 (Gill), Jor 7 (Beckman 4, Kalal, Green, Oakes)

Trojans 56, Giants 54

Last year's young Trojan squad led early in a number of early season games, only to see the lead slip away late in the game.

While still young, the more experienced and mature Trojans held on to win a close contest against Le Sueur-Henderson Friday, taking a 56-54 decision.

The teams were tied after one period, 8-8, but the Trojans took a 26-24 lead into the locker room at halftime. Gill paced the Trojans in the quarter, hitting an early three-pointer and netting seven points in the second stanza.

The Giants' Cody Boyd tried to take control of the game, scoring seven points in the third period, but New Prague had balanced scoring and added to its lead, taking a 37-33 advantage into the final eight minutes.

In the fourth quarter it came down to the free throw line. The Giants used a pair of three pointers to make a run at New Prague, but Giesen made six of six from the free throw line and scored eight of his 14 points in the final period. Hafermann made four of six free throws in the final period and Brian O'Neill hit a pair of key baskets for the Trojans, who held on for the two-point win.

Gill, Hafermann and Giesen each finished with 14 points for the Trojans.

Le Sueur-Hend 8 16 9 21 — 54

New Prague 8 18 11 19 — 56

Dec. 3, at New Prague

Le Sueur-Henderson (54) Kroehler 0, Boyd 15, Blaschko 14, McPartland 12, Boelter 0, Graff 6, Garvin 0, Culbert 0, Liebhard 7

New Prague (56) Hafermann 14, O’Neill 9, Giesen 14, Kubes 3, Gill 14, M. Hoemke 2, Tisdel 0, Sirek 0

Fouls: LSH 20, NP 17; Fouled out: McPartland; Three point goals: LSH 5 (Graff 2, Boyd, Blaschko 2), NP 2 (Kubes, Gill)

It’s Packer week

The Trojans played at Waseca Tuesday. On Thursday and Friday, they will face a couple of teams named the Packers. They travel to Austin on Thursday, and host South St. Paul on Friday. Next week, they host Lakeville on Thursday, Dec. 16.

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